Haiku and the Seasons. Haiku Haiku is a contemplative, unrhymed Japanese poem that attempts to capture the essence of a moment in which nature is linked

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Haiku and the Seasons1HaikuHaiku is a contemplative, unrhymed Japanese poem that attempts to capture the essence of a moment in which nature is linked to human life. And as one of the most important forms of traditional Japanese poetry, a well-written haiku creates tension between contrasting elements.2Haiku Form Guidelines of traditional haiku writing in Japanese;Syllable Count::The poem consists of 17 syllables, a must in Japanese;Kigo:The poem should indicate through a kigo, a seasonal word, the season in which the haiku is set. Often the kigo is not obvious and may therefore be implied; Division:The poem contains a division between two contrasting parts, a certain imaginative distance should exist between the two sections, both of which must enrich the understanding of the other. 3Matsuo Bash (1644 -1694)

4Showing no signof an early deatha cicadas voice

Matsuo Basho

Under the treein the soup, salad, and everywherecherry blossoms

Matsuo Basho

5A lightning flashand piercing the darknessa herons shriek

Matsuo Basho

A giant fireflyflickersand then moves on

Kobayashi Issa

6A cherry petalflies back up to its branchoh, a butterfly!

Arakide Moritake (1473-1549)

A small frogrides a banana leaftrembling

Kikaku (1600-1707)

7An old pond; A frog jumps in-The sound of water.

Matsuo Basho

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Autumn13

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Winter16

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Spring20

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